Illinois Board Has Tough Call on 2015 Dates

The future of Illinois racing hangs in the balance as the Illinois Racing Board ponders a 2015 racing schedule for the Chicago area. But the embattled Thoroughbred tracks have diametrically opposed views about what that future should be.
Illinois racing, said Arlington International Racecourse chairman Richard L. Duchossois, “is just about ready to collapse. If we go on for the next two years in the way we have for the last 10 or 11 years, we won’t have any industry.”
 Arlington wants all the revenue generated by simulcasting during days when there is no live racing in the Chicago area in 2015–about  $6.5 million, according to undisputed estimates by Arlington officials. Without that revenue, said general manager Tony Petrillo, overnight purses during a 79-day 2015 meeting would have to be cut from this year’s $186,000 a day to about $100,000 at a time when Arlington tries to compete with Churchill Downs, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course.
But to give that money to Arlington, the IRB would have to strip Hawthorne Race Course of “dark day” simulcast revenue and drastically curtail its spring and fall meetings. In that event, Hawthorne Race Course president Tim Carey said, his track might have to close after 105 years of operation. “If Arlington’s schedule were adopted, we’d have to look at it,” he said of closing. “But we cannot make those decisions today.”
Carey said he envisions some form of alternative revenue becoming available to relieve the industry’s severe economic pinch—authorization for slot machines at tracks, other gaming or a renewal of a tax on the state’s high-grossing casinos. “I’m confident that something’s going to be done,” he said.
The crisis, however, has come to pass because nothing has been done for the past several years within state government. Revenue from a now-expired casino tax—which provided Arlington alone with some $7.9 million in purse money this year—has dried up. And two gaming expansion bills that would have authorized slots at tracks were vetoed by Gov. Pat Quinn.
Several commissioners questioned whether Arlington could run a successful summertime meeting without having a viable spring season at Hawthorne to keep horses in the area during the early months of the year.
Under questioning by commissioner Kathy Byrne, Petrillo said Arlington could be “winterized” to run year-round, although that is not part of the track’s planning. And downstate Fairmount Park presented an optional schedule that would beef up its dates and purses during the first few months of the year if Hawthorne does not run in the spring. However, that would require that Fairmount find substantial new revenue either from within the industry or from new sources.
The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association’s board of directors has voted 11-1 that it would “like to see a comparable award of dates for 2015 as was awarded in 2014,” executive director Glen Berman testified. Asked if that means the organization favors Hawthorne’s request, he said, “That’s another way of saying it.”
Asked how the tracks could fund an extension of the current schedule, Berman said, “Cutting stakes probably will be necessary to support the overnight schedule.”
Petrillo, however, said Arlington already is planning to cut up to $1.7 million from stakes purses to help keep overnights at this year’s level–even if it gets the dark-day revenue it has requested.
Hawthorne has asked to conduct live racing from Jan. 1 through April 27, then from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. Arlington’s request is for live racing from April 20 through Sept. 30. But the Arlington request for “dark day” revenue if approved as requested would limit Hawthorne’s live racing to the periods between March 15 and April 20 and between Oct. 1 and Nov. 15.
The Illinois General Assembly may consider gaming expansion at its fall veto session, which is held after the Nov. 4 general election. The IRB, however, is mandated to approve a schedule at its Sept. 30 meeting.

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Sherman Says ‘Chrome’ Looks as Good as Ever

Trainer Art Sherman couldn’t be more pleased with how California Chrome is coming up to the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) at Parx Racing Saturday, Sept. 20.

Since arriving at Parx on Sept. 18, Sherman couldn’t be happier with the winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) when he saw him at Parx for the first time the morning of Sept. 19.

“He looked great today,” Sherman said. “He was on the bit. I couldn’t be more pleased. Right now he’s as good as I’ve ever seen him.”

Sherman admitted that the son of Lucky Pulpit   is at a disadvantage, drawing the rail, coming off a 3 1/2-month layoff, and having to face top-class horses who are in excellent form.

“They have an edge on him,” he said. “We hope he comes back sound and know what’s ahead of us. He’ll have to be at his best to beat these horses. Wherever you come back you need some starting point, and for Chrome this is it.”

California Chrome galloped a mile and a half Friday morning and was schooled at the gate.

“He was a little reluctant at first,” Sherman said. “But once he was in, he was fine. He’s so professional. He does what he wants to do. You know he’s a little spoiled. We don’t worry, though. He doesn’t kick, doesn’t do anything crazy. He’s just Chrome.”

As for drawing post 1, Sherman said, “I’ll watch to see how the rail is playing. But if he gets beat, I hate to make excuses. If you have the best horse, you have the best horse. The other jocks know he’s down there and they’ll give him no quarter. We just hope he gets a clean trip.”

Sherman also acknowledged the dangerous speed of Bayern, who demolished his opposition on the front end in the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I).

“Chrome can be a speed horse himself,” he said. “But I’ll leave it up to Victor (jockey Espinoza). We’ll let him judge the pace and move earlier if we need to.”

In other Pennsylvania news, Candy Boy, beaten a nose in the West Virginia Derby (gr. II), had a strong gallop this morning that pleased trainer John Sadler.

“We gave him a good gallop this morning,” Sadler said. “I think he knows when we’re going. He never seemed to have to take a specific type track, so hopefully it will be something he likes. He seems to be very adaptable.

“I think he is as good as, or better than, he’s ever been. We gave him some time off after the Derby. We had a nightmare trip and no chance in the Kentucky Derby. He had a wide post and got wiped out, so we gave him a little time off. We ran him once in California before we thought about running out of state. Unfortunately, that was with Shared Belief. He ran a good race that day and beat the third horse a long way. In West Virginia, he ran great over there. We got home and thought the spacing was good to this race, so here we are.

As for strategy, Sadler said, “He’s a stalker. He wants to be just off of the speed. I don’t want him way back. He should get a stalking type trip. It would fit him very well. (Bob) Baffert is clearly talking about wanting the lead with that horse (Bayern), and California Chrome will be up there early. We’ll be just behind them.

“(Joel Rosario) and I have won tons of races together while he was here in California. He rode his first winner in Southern California for me and we’ve had a lot of success, whether it was Sidney’s Candy   or Twirling Candy   or Zazu. He’s been leading rider, I’ve been leading trainer. He’s also a friend of mine. When he came over for this race, we decided to put him on. Nothing against Corey (Nakatani). He rode my horse very well last time, but if Joel is available, we’re going to use him.”

Everyone is of the same opinion that Bayern is going to be dangerous, especially if he gets loose on the lead, despite his poor effort in the Travers Stakes (gr. I), in which he stopped badly to finish last.

“After the race, in the stall, he looked angry,” said assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes. “That’s the only way I can describe it. He knew he got beat, from what I could see, from his body language. He can be kind of aggressive, kind of feisty, and he didn’t look the same. He never missed a day. We gave him like five days off after the Travers, just because we traveled so much. We’re thinking, well, it was a mistake going to the Travers. We figured we’ll see how he looks and if he’s doing well we’ll take a shot at Pennsylvania. He showed Bob he was ready to come to this race, with the works.

“I think if there’s any time you can beat (California Chrome), maybe coming off a layoff, this would be the time. He’s a great horse, taking nothing away from him. He’s a classic horse. He may well show up Saturday and prove that he is a champion.”

Both Ron Winchell-owned starters, Tapiture for the Pennsylvania Derby and the favored Untapable for the Cotillion, schooled in the Parx paddock at 10 a.m. Friday.

“Both of these horses’ works and preparation up to this race have been exactly where we want them to be and we’re happy where they are right now,” said Scott Blasi, assistant to Steve Asmussen. “Tapiture galloped a mile. His energy level is good. He got over the track really well.”
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Top Filly Princess of Sylmar Retired

Four-time grade I winner Princess of Sylmar, a winner of more than $2 million, was retired Sept. 19, King of Prussia Stable managing partner Ed Stanco said.

The 4-year-old filly by Majestic Warrior   out of the Catienus   mare Storm Dixie finished an uncharacteristic fifth in her last start Aug. 22 in the Personal Ensign Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course. After the race she was diagnosed with a case of thumps, or irregular spasms of the diaphragm.

Princess of Sylmar, bred in Pennsylvania by Stanco, broke her maiden at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course at 2, and at 3 won the Kentucky Oaks, Coaching Club American Oaks, Alabama Stakes, and Beldame Invitational (all gr. I) in succession. This year she finished second in two grade I events, the Ogden Phipps and Delaware Handicap, before the Personal Ensign.

“We were with her from birth and watched her grow up to be one of the finest fillies in the world,” Stanco said. “Now she will enter the next phase of her life. The Princess was a blessing beyond once in a lifetime, and she has provided our partners, families, friends, and racing fans with unparalleled joy.”

Stanco credited adviser Joe Brocklebank; Ron and Betsy Houghton, who raised the filly at their Sylmar Farm in Pennsylvania; trainer Todd Pletcher; and the jockeys who rode her for her success.

After the Personal Ensign there were plans to continue racing Princess of Sylmar, but she didn’t progress quickly enough, according to her connections.

“Preparing her for her next race was taking longer than I expected,” Pletcher said. “Because she will miss this year’s running of the Beldame and the (Juddmonte) Spinster (gr. I), Ed and I decided that timing is such that we decided to retire her.”

Princess of Sylmar earned $2,017,220 on a record of nine wins and three seconds in 15 starts. Her other three stakes wins came in the 2013 Busanda and Busher and 2014 Cat Cay, all at Aqueduct Racetrack.
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BC TOBA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 BC TOBA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

TAKE NOTICE that the Annual General Meeting of the BC Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association will be held:

Date:  Monday October 13, 2014

Time: Commencing at 12:30 p.m.

Place:  Hastings Racecourse – Old Slots Floor Meeting Room

The main purpose of the meeting is for the following:

1.   To receive the Annual Reports of the Society 2.   To approve the appointment of the Auditor for the 2014 fiscal year 3.   To transact such business that may properly come before the Annual Meeting Dated this 19th day of September, 2014.

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Note:  Copies of the 2013 BC TOBA financial statements and minutes of the October 14, 2013 Annual General Meeting will be available at the meeting or upon request by contacting the BC TOBA office.

Game On Dude, Won Three Big ‘Caps, Retired

Game On Dude, the only horse ever to win three runnings of the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), has been retired after compiling earnings of nearly $6.5 million, trainer Bob Baffert announced Sept. 18.

Because of his two inexplicably poor efforts in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I), Game On Dude, despite his numerous historic achievements, has been one of racing’s most under-appreciated horses.

In addition to his unprecedented three Santa Anita Handicap victories, he became only the second horse in history to sweep California’s three grade I handicaps (Santa Anita Handicap, Hollywood Gold Cup, and Pacific Classic) in the same year, and at the age of 7 won the Big ‘Cap in a near-American record time of 1:58 flat, which was the fastest time in the race’s 79-year history and only one-fifth off the track record set by the great Spectacular Bid in the 1980 Charles H. Strub Stakes (gr. I).

In all, the gelded son of Awesome Again  —Worldly Pleasure, by Devil His Due, captured eight grade I stakes and 14 graded stakes in all, and was second in the grade I Breeders’ Cup Classic, TVG Pacific Classic, Hollywood Gold Cup, and Clark Handicap.

Game On Dude has been a barn favorite for many years, and Baffert had mixed emotions at the thought of never seeing “The Dude” race again and not occupying his familiar stall at Santa Anita Park, where he received numbers of visitors.

“He ran a great race in the Pacific Classic, but it’s gotten to the point where there is always going to be some horse who is going to be sacrificed by running with him and forcing him into ridiculous fractions, as was the case at Del Mar,” Baffert said. “It’s starting to wear on him a little bit to the point where it’s not fun for him anymore. We always felt if he couldn’t compete at the grade I level and wasn’t enjoying what he was doing, it would be time to retire him.

“He’s become such a big pet around the barn, and watching him get beat like that is just killing us. It’s really tough. I could have freshened him up and run him in the Breeders’ Cup, but with all that speed in there, I just didn’t want to do that to him, especially at his age. He probably could have been competitive, but I’ve always told the partners (Joe Torre’s Diamond Pride, Lanni Family Trust, Mercedes Stable, and Bernie Schiappa) this day would come and we would do the right thing by retiring him.”

Baffert thought that day had come during this year’s Santa Anita Handicap when Game On Dude blazed through fractions of :45.39 and a mile in 1:32.57 only to have racing’s two Goliaths, Will Take Charge and Mucho Macho Man, begin to close the gap on him. But it soon became obvious The Dude was not quite ready for the porch and rocking chair.

“When they came passed the three-eighths pole and they started closing in on him, I told Jill (Baffert’s wife), ‘Here they come.’ She put her head down and said, ‘I can’t watch.’ Then all of a sudden I saw he still had run in him and said, ‘He’s still alive.’ And he kicked away and won. But I tell you what, if he had gotten beat that day, that would have been it. Every race I watched this year I felt this could be the last one.”

Baffert said no decision has been made on where Game On Dude will live out the rest of his years.

“We really have no plans,” he said. “We’ll just listen to options and get together and make a decision. But for now, he’s just going to hang around the barn for a while. He still gets visitors every day and just to see him there brightens up your day.”

When ranking Game On Dude among the greatest geldings, it is his accomplishments that must be considered more than his defeats. Kelso, Forego, and John Henry—arguably the three greatest geldings of our time, or perhaps of all time—lost 91 races among them. In Kelso’s Horse of the Year clinching races, whether it was the Woodward Stakes, Jockey Club Gold Cup, or Washington D.C. International, he faced an average of 6.3 opponents, not all of them top-quality stakes horses.

These three titans of the turf earned their Horse of the Year titles based on body of work, and even when it came down to one big race in September or October, they had one, two, or at the most three really top-class stakes winners with whom to contend, not 10 or 11 foes, most of whom were grade I stakes horses, as Game On Dude has. The gelding’s notable defeats all came after a tough campaign, in which he ran hard and fast every step of the way. But early in the year, when he was still fresh, he was nearly unbeatable.

The criticism that Game On Dude ran mostly in California does not hold water, considering John Henry, as well as horses like Swaps, Native Diver, Zenyatta, and Lava Man ran mostly in California and Forego and Kelso ran mostly in New York. And this was before the Breeders’ Cup and having every top horse in the country gunning for you.

Game On Dude was bred by Adena Springs and was a $210,000 RNA at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale. He was then purchased privately by Ernie Kuehne.

“Mike Mareina, my trainer, and I looked at him at the Adena Springs consignment,” Kuehne recalled. “We vetted the horse but never bid on him. We’ve done a lot of business with Adena Springs and I knew they had put a $300,000 reserve on him. I told them I wasn’t willing to pay that much. We were at the hotel and looked at the RNA’s, then went back to the sale to talk to them. They got Frank Stronach on the phone and we negotiated a deal for $240,000.”

When Game On Dude broke his maiden by three lengths at Gulfstream Park in his second career start, he caught the eye of Bernie Schiappa and Don Brauer, who is always on the lookout for young horses for Baffert.

“I spotted the horse and contacted Don Brauer,” Schiappa said. “He’s the one who puts the numbers together. We decided to take the gamble after we watched the replays of his races and studied the numbers. He was already a gelding. I called Don and he did the rest.”

Brauer added, “There were two divisions run that day and Nick Zito won the other division. They both looked like good races. I know Bob likes Awesome Again and I contacted him. He looked at the video and really liked the horse. He came down to Florida for the sale and saw the horse. He thought they were asking a lot of money for a gelding. Bernie reviewed the films again and said, ‘Let’s go for it.’ We had him vetted and got the deal completed.”

Kuehne said he had no regrets selling him. “We thought he was a good horse, but to be honest with you, after Mike had him at the training center in Ocala, he felt he wouldn’t handle off going,” he recalled. “He didn’t think he was a grass horse and he didn’t think he’d handle a synthetic surface. And on top of that he was a gelding.

“We received several calls from people who were looking for a Florida Derby (gr. I) and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) horse. But in the end, all the credit to them. They paid $600,000 for a gelding who couldn’t run in the mud. And I don’t like a horse who has to take his racetrack with him. As it turned out, he could run on a wet track, but only if it was sealed. I think the main reason they bought him is to get a Kentucky Derby horse for Terri Lanni. So, as I said, you have to give them a lot of credit; they stepped up.”

Mareina recalled, “He was tall and lanky and wasn’t really coordinated, so we took him home and broke him. One day he got scared and stuck his foot through the webbing. He was getting stupid and silly and we felt he was going to wind up hurting himself, and we’d end up with nothing. He was getting rank on the track, so we cut him.

“Every work got better and better, and in his last two we worked him with a really nice 3-year-old and he outworked him both times and galloped out huge. He wound up winning his second start, just cruising out there going a mile. That’s when the legend started. Todd Pletcher sent some people over to see him and Tony Dutrow was interested. That maiden race turned into a million-dollar race. Any young horse who can run like that, it’s a million-dollar race. I’m glad he’s done so well for Baffert and has stayed sound all these years.”

Baffert ran Game On Dude right back in the Florida Derby off his maiden win and he ran terribly, but came out of the race with mucus in his lungs. He also ran poorly in the Derby Trial Stakes (gr. III), but that was on a very muddy track, so Mareina wasn’t surprised.

A victory in the Lone Star Derby (gr. III) was followed by an excellent fourth, beaten only 2 1/2 lengths, in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). But he didn’t run again as a 3-year-old. At 4, he scored a gutsy victory in the Santa Anita Handicap under Chantal Sutherland and that is when the legend of Game On Dude really began.

He could beat you by a nose, as he did in his first Big ‘Cap win, or by a half-length, as he did in the Goodwood Stakes, but he could also demolish his opposition, as he did winning the Pacific Classic by 8 1/2 lengths, the Santa Anita Handicap by 7 3/4 lengths, the Californian Stakes (gr. II) by 7 1/4 lengths, and the San Antonio Stakes (gr. II) by 6 1/2 lengths and 5 1/4 lengths.

He retires with 34 starts, 16 victories, seven seconds, and a third for earnings of $6,498,893.

If one wanted to describe Game On Dude in a short sentence, it would be, “He knew only one way to run—fast!”
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HRRN Programming on New SiriusXM Channels

 

HRRN Programming on New SiriusXM Channels

The Horse Racing Radio Network has announced its programming will now be heard on new SiriusXM channels beginning this week.

HRRN’s trio of weekday talk shows will shift to Sirius 220 and XM 206 starting with the Sept. 17 edition of “Trainer Talk presented by Fasig-Tipton.” The new channels also will be home to the network’s “Brisnet.com Call In Show” on Thursday nights and the Xpressbet Weekend Stakes Preview on Fridays.  All three shows can be heard live from 6-7 p.m. ET.

On weekends, HRRN programming will air on Sirius 92 and XM 92, including the “Equine Forum” from 8-10 a.m. ET along with live race coverage of major races. In addition to SiriusXM, all broadcasts are available via live streaming on the HRRN website, and on smartphones and tablets.

Select HRRN shows and race broadcasts are also carried on various terrestrial affiliates across the country. A complete broadcast schedule along with a listing of affiliates can be found on the schedule page of the HRRN website. Podcasts of all talk shows are also posted on both the HRRN site and on iTunes.

Also included on the new Sirius 220/XM 206 channels is the daily talk show “At the Races with Steve Byk.” The show airs Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to Noon ET with replays airing from 6-9 a.m. daily.

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Top Stallion Street Cry Dead at Age 16

 

Top Stallion Street Cry Dead at Age 16

Street Cry, Darley’s leading sire whose progeny included Zenyatta and classic winner Street Sense  , has been euthanized after succumbing to complications relating to a neurological condition. The son of Machiavellian was 16.
“Street Cry epitomized everything that Darley and Godolphin aim to achieve—he was bred by Sheikh Mohammed in Ireland, excelled at the very highest level on the racecourse in Dubai and the U.S., and then became the lynchpin of our stallion operations in both America and Australia.” said Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock adviser John Ferguson. “His contribution to the breed has been significant and we have been so fortunate to have him. He will be sorely missed by everyone.”
The stallion who stood at Darley Jonabell near Lexington had been shuttled to Australia for the Southern Hemisphere season that began Sept. 1. Darley Australia had said Sept. 5 that the son of Machiavellian was suffering from lameness and was not covering mares as scheduled.
The Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) winner ranks 17th on the North American general sire list for 2014.
Among his 17 grade I winners in the Northern Hemisphere to date are 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, who earned $7.3 million while winning 19 of 20 starts, with one second; Street Sense  , who won the 2007 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and stands at Darley and Darley Australia; and Street Boss  , a two-time grade I-winning sprinter who also stands at Darley and Darley Australia.

Additional North American grade I winners for Street Cry included New Year’s Day  , Victor’s Cry, and Seventh Street.

According to The Jockey Club Information Systems, from nine crops of racing age Street Cry has been represented by progeny that have earned more than $84.3 million worldwide, including six champions, 49 graded stakes winners and 78 total stakes winners.

Street Cry’s group I winners in Australia include Shocking, Whobegotyou, and Long John.
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Fair Grounds to Withhold Millions from Purses

Citing pending litigation from Louisiana Quarter Horse owners, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots announced Sept. 17 that it will withhold $2.7 million in purse supplements at the upcoming meet.

The most visible result of that withholding will be the Louisiana Derby (gr. II), where last year’s $1 million purse has been cut to $600,000. The track, which is owned by Churchill Downs Inc., said the stakes program will be reduced by more than $2 million while overnight purses will decline about $37,000 a day to $186,000.

According to a Fair Grounds release, Quarter Horse owners are challenging the distribution of video poker purses, claiming that funds traditionally distributed during the Thoroughbred meet now be paid to the Quarter Horse group. The Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association also has been named as a defendant in the suit as it makes the distributions of purses to horsemen and represents their interests.
The track said video poker purses have historically been paid toward Thoroughbred racing pre-dating the existence of Quarter Horse racing at Fair Grounds.

By regulatory mandate, the current purse structure is a compilation of the projected handle generated during the race meet and annual off-track betting racing activities, plus annual purse supplements from local slots and video poker operations.

2014-2015 Thoroughbred Racing Season Stakes Schedule Fair Grounds Race Course

DATE PURSE STAKES RUNNING CONDITIONS DISTANCE
NOV 27 $60,000 THANKSGIVING  HANDICAP 89TH 3YO/UP 6 F
DEC 12 $25,000 KUDZU STAKES 10TH 2YO AL BRED 1/2 F
DEC 12 $50,000 MAGIC CITY CLASSIC STAKES 3RD 3YO/UP ALL BRED 1 MILE 70 YARDS
DEC 13 LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY
$100,000 LA CHAMPIONS DAY QH JUVENILE STAKES 24TH
2YO LA. BRED QH
350 YARDS
$100,000 LA CHAMPIONS DAY QH DERBY 24TH 3YO LA. BRED QH 400 YARDS
$100,000 LA CHAMPIONS DAY QH CLASSIC STAKES 24TH 4YO/UP LA. BRED QH 440 YARDS
$50,000 LA CHAMPIONS DAY STARTER HANDICAP STAKES 24TH 3YO/UP LA. BRED 1 MILE 70 YARDS
$100,000 LA CHAMPIONS DAY JUVENILE STAKES 24TH 2YO LA. BRED C&G 6 F
$100,000 LA CHAMPIONS DAY LASSIE STAKES 24TH 2YO LA. BRED FILLIES 6 F
$100,000 LA CHAMPIONS DAY SPRINT STAKES 24TH 3YO/UP LA. BRED 6 F
$100,000 LA CHAMPIONS DAY LADIES SPRINT STAKES 9TH 3YO/UP LA. BRED F&M 6 F
$100,000 LA CHAMPIONS DAY TURF STAKES 24TH 3YO/UP LA. BRED 1 1/16  MILES* (T)
$100,000 LA CHAMPIONS DAY LADIES STAKES 24TH 3YO/UP LA. BRED F&M 1 1/16  MILES
$150,000 LA CHAMPIONS DAY CLASSIC STAKES 24TH 3YO/UP LA. BRED 1 1/8 MILES
DEC 20 SANTA SUPER SATURDAY
$50,000 LETELLIER MEMORIAL STAKES 55TH 2YO FILLIES 6 F
$50,000 SUGAR BOWL STAKES 65TH 2YO C&G 6 F
DEC 27 $60,000 PAGO HOP STAKES 29TH 3YO FILLIES 1 MILE* (T)
$60,000 WOODCHOPPER  STAKES 28TH 3YO 1 MILE* (T)
DEC 31 NEW YEARS EVE
$100,000 LOUISIANA FUTURITY 48TH 2YO LA. BRED FILLIES 6 F
$100,000 LOUISIANA FUTURITY 51ST 2YO LA. BRED C&G 6 F
JAN 3 $60,000 BONAPAW STAKES 9TH 4YO/UP 5 1/2 F* (T) 
JAN 10 $60,000 PAN ZARETA STAKES 50TH 4YO/UP F & M 5 1/2 F* (T)
JAN 17 ROAD TO THE DERBY KICKOFF DAY
$60,000 MARIE G. KRANTZ MEMORIAL STAKES 20TH 4YO/UP F & M 1 1/16  MILES* (T)
$75,000 LOUISIANA  HANDICAP 69TH 4YO/UP 1 1/16  MILES
$100,000 SILVERBULLETDAY STAKES 23RD 3YO FILLIES 1 MILE 70 YARDS
$100,000 COL. E. R. BRADLEY HANDICAP GRADE III 29TH 4YO/UP 1 1/16  MILES* (T)
$150,000 LECOMTE STAKES GRADE III 71ST 3YO 1 MILE 70 YARDS
FEB 17 $60,000 MARDI GRAS STAKES 71ST 4YO/UP F & M 6 F
FEB 21 LOUISIANA DERBY PREVIEW DAY
$60,000 BAYOU HANDICAP 47TH 4YO/UP FILLIES & MARES 1 1/16  MILES* (T)
$100,000 FAIR GROUNDS HANDICAP GRADE III 28TH 4YO/UP 1 1/8 MILES* (T)
$100,000 MINESHAFT HANDICAP GRADE III 30TH 4YO/UP 1 1/16  MILES
$150,000 RACHEL ALEXANDRA STAKES GRADE III 34TH 3YO FILLIES 1 1/16  MILES
$60,000 DUNCAN F. KENNER STAKES 62ND 3YO/UP 6 F
$300,000 RISEN STAR STAKES GRADE II 42ND 3YO 1 1/16  MILES
FEB 28 $60,000 DIXIE POKER ACE STAKES 35TH 3YO/UP LA. BRED 1 MILE* (T)
MAR 6 $30,000 SOUTH MISSISSIPPI OWNERS/BREEDERS STAKES 20TH 3YO (MISS. OWNERS) 6 F
MAR 28 LOUISIANA DERBY DAY
$60,000 STAR GUITAR STAKES 6TH 4YO/UP LA. BRED 1 1/16  MILES
$75,000 CRESCENT CITY OAKS 10TH 3YO LA. BRED FILLIES 1 MILE 70 YARDS
$75,000 CRESCENT CITY DERBY 43RD 3YO LA. BRED 1 1/16  MILES
$200,000 MERVIN H. MUNIZ, JR. MEMORIAL HANDICAP GRADE II 23RD 4YO/UP 1 1/8 MILES* (T)
$300,000 NEW ORLEANS HANDICAP GRADE II 90TH 4YO/UP 1 1/8 MILES
$300,000 FAIR GROUNDS OAKS GRADE II 48TH 3YO FILLIES 1 1/16  MILES
$600,000 LOUISIANA DERBY GRADE II 102ND 3YO 1 1/8 MILES

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